San Jose, Calif. - An individual effort by freshman midfielder Erika Teixeira in the 72nd minute gave visiting University of Idaho a 1-0 win over San Jose State University in a Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer match at Spartan Stadium on Friday, November 2.
The result drops the San Jose State record to 4-13-2 overall and 2-4 in the WAC. Idaho improves to 5-11-1 overall and 1-4-1 in league play. The result marked the 11th one-goal and eighth 1-0 defeat for the Spartans this season, with the lone score in six of those coming over the last 19 minutes of the contest.
Teixeira, a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, took the ball and a couple of dribbles to move herself closer to the Spartan goal before unleashing a curling shot from distance that knocked off the inside of the right post and went in at the 71:38 mark for her first collegiate score.
For the game, Idaho held a 16-15 edge in shots, though the Spartans had an 8-5 shot advantage over the first 45 minutes of the match. Junior forward Jessica Scott and freshman forward Jennifer Hull, the leading scorers for San Jose State and Idaho, respectively, at six goals apiece for the season, each had five shots to pace their teams in the game.
In goal, redshirt freshman Nina Butera made seven saves for the Spartans, while sophomore Anna Sandman was forced into a trio of stops for her sixth individual shutout of the year for the Vandals.
In the 52nd minute, Scott was free on the left wing off a nice feed from fellow junior Liz Behlen, but Sandman saved her shot. Teixeira had an opportunity in the 58th minute and Hull as well in the 65th for Idaho, but Butera stopped both chances, expertly tipping the latter over the bar.
After the Vandal goal, with just under two and a half minutes remaining, sophomore Hallsie Pacheco’s cross from the right side found junior Jennifer Guadagnolo at the near post. Guadagnolo put a foot on it past Sandman, but the ball was cleared off the line by a defender.
San Jose State plays its regular-season finale at home this Sunday, November 4, hosting Boise State University on Senior Day beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium The match will serve as the second half of the fifth and final Spartan soccer doubleheader for the 2007 season, as the Spartan men will take on Denver at 1:00 p.m. Four seniors on the men’s team and eight on the women’s team will be recognized prior to the respective starts of their games.
The Spartans head into the game having not yet locked up a berth in the 2007 WAC Tournament, to be held in Boise, Idaho, November 8-11. The simplest scenario for San Jose State would be to defeat Boise State on Sunday and clinch the fifth seed, regardless of other action. Idaho would need to win at Hawai’i that evening (8:00 p.m. PT), and have either Boise State beat or tie San Jose State, or Fresno State win at Nevada, to earn its first trip to the WAC Tournament.
Idaho (5-11-1, 1-4-1 WAC) - 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (4-13-2, 2-4 WAC) - 0 0 - 0
UI - Erika Teixeira (1) (unassisted), 71:38
UI - 16
SJSU - 15
UI - 4 (Anna Sandman-3; Team-1)
SJSU - 7 (Nina Butera-7)
UI - 3
SJSU - 5
UI - 12
SJSU - 10